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Sewing by machine or by hand – which does the job better?

There’s two types of sewer in the world – one who swears by the traditional way, to do all your up and unders by hand, and the other who prefers the machine method.  Machines were, of course, brought in to help improve efficiency in clothes manufacture – and for the most part this has worked fantastically well.  However, pound for pound, which is the most effective way to sew your own garments and fabrics?  Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of machine sewing and find out.


Pros of Machine Sewing


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  • Machine sewing inarguably provides a lot of speed to any job. Doing the job by hand can be laboursome but fun for hobbyists in particular – but machines are there to provide efficiency to such jobs, and that they most certainly do – cutting down bigger projects by hours.
  • Machine sewing is easy if you have thick fabrics to work with. Thicker and more complex materials are inarguably easier to handle in an automated setting – meaning that hand method may be best left for simpler jobs on the whole.
  • It’s cost-effective – in the long run and for a business, certainly. If you’re running a haberdashery or clothes line and you have hundreds of orders to meet each week, unless you have scores of hands at your disposal, it’s going to be hard for you to meet expectations unless you switch to machine sewing.
  • Stitching is nice and tight – and you can generally get a straighter edge and a more uniform finish from machine sewing. All in all, it is the perfect option for businesses overseeing a high turnover of work.


Cons of Machine Sewing – and Pros of Hand Sewing

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  • Hand sewing is just easier to get into. You can pick up a bobbin, some colourful thread and a needle, and away you go – whereas some machines can be extremely intricate and difficult to really learn quickly.  If you’re looking to get into needle and thread quickly, your best way is to jump into the old fashioned route.
  • Some traditionalists argue that hand sewing simply allows you to exert more control. Uniform stitching may be nice and all, but sewn fabrics done by hand allow you to get really creative with your projects – and, ultimately, you have the tools of the trade on your person at all times.
  • Hand sewing is, let’s face it, far cheaper all around. It is perhaps not cost effective from a business perspective on the whole, but it remains to be said that you’ll certainly be paying less for a bobbin and thread than a machine.  This should certainly be of note for hobbyists and enthusiasts.


Which one is the winner?

So which is the winner – hand or machine sewing?  Here’s the answer – of course, it’s neither.  Hand sewing is an asset to people who stitch as a hobby, or for those who simply want to create small projects on a small scale.  It’s even great to get into as a practical way to fix garments.  However, machine sewing is also practical and cost effective for practical means – and it’s highly beneficial to bigger businesses and those looking for uniform results.

If sewing is on your radar and you’re looking for inspiration or simply some new supplies to stock up on, give Fred’s Haberdashery a call!  Call 01246 204504 today or have a browse of our website to see what we have in store for you.